Security B-Sides is a DIY, open security conference that is free to all attendees.
These events are corporate sponsored, centrally managed (though locally organized) and do coincide with other major conferences, but the goal is not to draw people away from such events. The fact of the matter is that many people attend Black Hat, RSA Conference, and SOURCE Boston to meet with their friends event if they never attend the conference. Security B-Sides offers them another venue to spend their time during the day by either attending or presenting on “next best thing” material.
Help Net Security attended Security B-Sides Las Vegas 2010 and in the video below you can see co-founder Chris Nickerson talk about the concept and history behind the event, what’s happening this year, as well as some future plans.